- Essex Farm Cemetery
- Plot: I
- Rij: N
- Graf: 5
Malcolm McDougall was a was a twenty-five-year-old former chemistry student from Welling, Kent. He enlisted in Londen and became part of the “P” Special Company, Royal Engineers. These Special Companies of the Royal Engineers were in charge of poison gas and flame projectors.
At the end of June 1917 preparations were made for a demonstration gas attack for the 51st division. At the start of July gas projectors and baseplates were installed at Willows, Turco Farm and Hill Top Farm, all about two kilometers north of Saint Jean. These areas were shelled during the installation process. On the 3 July a direct hit killed three men and wounded four. On the 5th one man was killed by a shell.
Pioneer Malcolm McDougall was one of these men. He died on 4 July 1917 and is buried at Essex Farm Cemetery, plot 1, row N, grave 5. This cemetery was used by a nearby dressing station from April 1915 to August 1917, making it likely that Pioneer McDougall was wounded in action and succumbed to his wounds at the dressing station.